Founding Legislation

On September 29, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act into law. The act called for the creation of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) as separate, independent agencies. The Washington Post called the creation of the endowments “a momentous step.”

More information on the history leading up to the establishment of the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities can be found here and the text of the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act can be found here.

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